Bipartisan Group Fights Obama Administration’s Attack on Religious Freedom

A bipartisan group of lawmakers took to the House floor this week to fight what Speaker Boehner once called an “unambiguous attack on religious freedom in our country”: an Obama administration mandate that forces employers to violate their religious beliefs in order to implement the president’s health care law. Watch all of the speeches here.

The effort was led by Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), who called the mandate “a form of discrimination” that “primarily targets people in faith communities” – “the very people who have been the backstop of compassionate care for the poor and the vulnerable and the marginalized in our society today.” 

More than 60 different lawsuits have been filed by hospitals, charities, religious colleges, and other for-profit institutions against this Obama administration mandate.

One of these plaintiffs is family-owned Johnson Welded Products in Rep. Jim Jordan’s Ohio district. The Johnsons choose to operate their business in keeping with their Catholic faith, as is their Constitutional right. They employ roughly 270 full time workers and could be subject to more than $9 million in government fines every year if they don’t include coverage for drugs that end human life.

Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) called the mandate a “tax on religion”:

Watch all of the speeches on the House floor here, and be sure to follow each of the lawmakers who participated as they continue the fight for religious liberty:

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) |

Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA) |

Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) |

Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) |

Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) |

Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) |

Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL)|

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) |

Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) |

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) |

Rep. Diane Black (R-NC) |

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